Ontario reviewing Toronto mayor's call for public inquiry related to McArthur case

Ontario's attorney general says the government is reviewing a call from Toronto's mayor for a public inquiry into the police handling of missing persons cases, including six men allegedly murdered by accused serial killer Bruce McArthur.

Yasir Naqvi says the government will maintain an open dialogue with the city on next steps following the conclusion of any criminal proceedings.

Questions about the handling of two previous police investigations into five missing men arose as detectives investigated McArthur, a 66-year-old landscaper who is facing six charges of first-degree murder.

All the alleged victims had ties to the city's LGBTQ community.

Mayor John Tory said Wednesday that he was ``deeply disturbed'' after learning that ``concerning'' information uncovered during the McArthur investigation had prompted an internal police probe.

Tory said he would also support an independent external review of the Toronto Police Service's practices with respect to missing person's investigations.

He said that probe should look at any systemic concerns, including examination of any bias contrary to the Ontario Human Rights Code against any group, including the LGBTQ community.